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Steve Williams2,873 posts since 1 Aug 2008
So theoretically then could a non UEFA league, such as a Chinese league or the US Major League Soccer air during the blackout?

If so, I'm wondering if it would be worth it cost wise for one of those to move some games to take place during the blackout and just see what the ratings are for live football are and if it would grow fans in this country.


People aren't just going to watch any old football because it's there. At 3pm people are following their own clubs, not on live TV, but on Soccer Saturday and the radio.
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rdd3,432 posts since 21 Jun 2001
Quite surprising move from Premier Sports - their extra Premier League coverage over December, which consists of the games Amazon will be showing in the UK, will be fronted by former politician and bookmaker (and now Newstalk broadcaster) Ivan Yates and featuring former RTÉ panelists John Giles, Eamon Dunphy, and current RTÉ panellist Liam Brady.
http://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/premier-league/eamon-dunphy-john-giles-and-liam-brady-reunited-for-premier-league-coverage-over-christmas-period-38737570.html

Six of the games in next weeks midweek round will be on Premier Sports 1&2 (presumably the regular team of Eoin McDevitt & co will be on one of the channels) while four others will be broadcast via the red button.
rdd3,432 posts since 21 Jun 2001
Premier Sports taking a full world feed for Palace v Bournemouth tonight - first time I’ve see the world feed graphics used in a live game outside of the Asia Trophy. Eoin McDevitt and the usual crew with the studio show, so presumably Yeates, Dunphy, Giles, and Brady are over on Premier 1 at 7:45pm. Edit: they are, in the barely disguised eir Sport studio.
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rdd3,432 posts since 21 Jun 2001
Normal Premier Sports match graphics for Burnley v Man City though, along with a Premier Sports commentary crew.

Indeed the only evidence of Amazon Prime branding we’ve seen is on Premier is the microphones on pre-match interviews (even that’s just the arrow symbol).
robertclark1251,442 posts since 13 Jan 2009
STV Central Reporting Scotland
Former England cricket captain, and latterly Sky Sports analyst Bob Willis has died, aged 70. Latterly, he was only used as a guest in "The Verdict", and didn't do commentary. Although his Sky Sports career began in 1991, he actually started in the box in 1982, as a summariser for TVS during their coverage of the final of the Wadham Stringer indoor trophy.
rdd3,432 posts since 21 Jun 2001
Meanwhile, on tonight’s coverage of the Amazon games on Premier Sports, full world feeds (with filler at half time, seemingly accompanied to the same music on every channel) for the four red button games. The red button on Sky Q at least gives you a sidebar menu like on Sky Sports Main Event in which you can select the various games.

Like last night, Man United v Spurs on Premier 2 gets a “whistle to whistle” world feed, while Liverpool v Everton on Premier 1 gets a clean feed with Premier Sports graphics and commentary.
AJB3970 posts since 10 Aug 2019
Former England cricket captain, and latterly Sky Sports analyst Bob Willis has died, aged 70. Latterly, he was only used as a guest in "The Verdict", and didn't do commentary. Although his Sky Sports career began in 1991, he actually started in the box in 1982, as a summariser for TVS during their coverage of the final of the Wadham Stringer indoor trophy.

Very sad. He worked with Sky on “The Verdict” right up to the end of the Ashes this year, which only finished two and a half months ago. While he had clearly aged, I had no idea and he never gave any hint that he was terminally ill. RIP Bob.